WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), co-chair of the Congressional Cement Caucus, today voted for the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2681) to protect local cement manufacturing jobs and preserve the nation’s vital cement industry. The bipartisan bill directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop achievable and workable emissions standards for the nation’s 97 cement manufacturing facilities, replacing a series of complex proposals that are projected to impose significant costs on producers, and force plant shutdowns and job losses.

“The domestic cement industry provides hundreds of Lehigh Valley residents, in communities like Bath, Fleetwood, Nazareth, Stockertown and Whitehall, with high-quality manufacturing jobs,” Rep. Dent said. “While domestic producers struggle through the recession and face growing competition from aggressive rivals in Asia and South America, the EPA has unfortunately proposed costly and unrealistic regulations that will diminish production in the U.S., cost thousands of Americans their jobs and ultimately increase global emissions. By passing legislation that requires the EPA to develop practical and achievable regulations, the House has voted to protect cement manufacturing jobs across the country, including those in the Lehigh Valley.”

Rep. Dent is an original cosponsor of H.R. 2681, along with Reps. John Sullivan (R-OK), Mike Ross (D-AR), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Greg Walden (R-OR), Joe Barton (R-TX), John Carter (R-TX), Dan Boren (D-OK), and Jason Altmire (D-PA).

H.R. 2681 is supported by the Portland Cement Association (PCA), International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.